Plans to build ‘fantastic’ new park in centre of village

PUBLISHED: 19:00 02 July 2017

Polly Costello at the proposed site.

Polly Costello at the proposed site.

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Thousands of pounds could be spent on creating a new play area near the centre of Wedmore.

Parish councillor Polly Costello has started a campaign to build a park on land off Worthington Close, behind the free car park in Cheddar Road.

The facility would include outdoor gym equipment, a half-pipe skate ramp, basketball hoop, climbing frame and zip wire, as well as a ball game area and shelter.

She wants section 106 money worth £100,000, which has been earmarked for a play area, from a planned housing development at Cross Farm to be used to fund the park.

Cllr Costello said: “The piece of land in question is owned by Wedmore Parish Council and for most of the year grows nettles.

“With that kind of money it seemed obvious to me that this could be our only chance to create a community park, nearer the centre of Wedmore, for everyone to benefit from.

“We are fortunate to have a fantastic recreation and sports field at the other end of the village and the play area is fine for children of up to eight years old, however there is nowhere for our slightly older youth to hang out and I was keen to create a play area for them too, but closer to the village centre.

“Having had numerous meetings on the site behind Worthington Close with various playground companies, it became evident that great things could be achieved.

“So basically an area for young and old to spend time in and having it so close to the centre of Wedmore will bring more trade to the shops and pubs, not forgetting to mention that it is situated right by the free village car park so parking won’t be an issue.”

Cllr Costello is keen to get the community involved in the project and has approached Wedmore Green Group and Wedmore In Bloom to ask for help clearing weeds and planting borders.

Pupils at the village’s first school have also been asked to list their top five pieces of play equipment.

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